Catalinbread Talsiman ~ Plate Reverb Pedal

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Era-defining plate reverb with studio-style controls.
479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb

The Story

Listen to any recording from the 70’s and you’ll most likely hear the sound of a plate reverb, a giant mechanical contraption roughly the size of a king size bed. It was ubiquitous in the studio, and was the only reverb used on Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon album for example. What made plate reverb so cool? It adds lush ambience, dimension, thickness, and depth in an unobtrusive way. When you listen to your favorite albums from the 70s you probably don’t even realize how much plate reverb you are hearing. Go back and listen and hone in on the reverb sound and you’ll probably be surprised how much reverb is actually there. In the studio the plate reverb signal was often processed on the way back to the console where the things like filtering and delays were applied.


Plate reverb is an artificial effect that utilizes a sheet of metal that vibrates sympathetically with a soundwave that hits it. The basic architecture of a plate reverb unit has a large, thin sheet of metal (nearly 6.5’x3’ in the case of the legendary EMT140) that has a transducer at one corner driving the sheet in much the same way as a speaker would, on the other end a pickup to capture the vibrations of the metal sheet, and a mechanical dampener that reduces the plate vibration. The reverb sonically stays out of the way of the dry path due to the minimal initial reflections and a full warm reverb that tapers smoothly fades out into a tail. In the studio, plate reverbs were routinely employed due to the way they added a natural ambience without interfering with the original program material… That and the fact that even though they were nearly 7 feet long and 4 feet tall, plate reverb units were a heck of a lot smaller than a giant room or hall when ambience was needed on recordings.

Plate reverb units were used on just about every instrument including vocals. Though they sound particularly great with electric guitar due to the minimal early reflections which keeps plate reverbs from sounding too “effecty” and obvious. The warm quality of the full-bodied reverb naturally tapering off compliments perfectly the voice and range of the guitar. The problem has been until now, the giant size made plate reverb units prohibitive to use on the road. We are proud to brag that the Talisman is 479.99% smaller than the leading plate reverb!

We always felt something was amiss with so-called “plate reverb” settings on many products in the marketplace. Lets be honest, they often simply sounded thin, metallic and crappy. It was almost as if the programmers said while tapping on a cookiesheet, “yeah I know what a metal sheet sounds like, I’ll program it to sound that way!”  Our goal was to capture all the goodness of classic studio plate reverb by actually experiencing a maintained EMT140 at Jackpot! Studios.

Because plate reverb was born in the studio, on the Talisman we included studio style sidechain effects that are routinely paired with plates. These controls are PRE DELAY, which delays the reverb by about 100mS. And HIGH PASS, which rolls off the low frequencies of the reverb. Both of these controls allow you to tune the reverb, in order to keep it from interfering with the dry signal.



Reviews (2)

Wil 25th Apr 2018

Sounds Great into a Cranked Amp!

I've got a plexi clone, no FX loop, I run it crunchy. Bought this pedal specifically because of the HP filter. It really works well, cutting out some low end lets reverb trails come through clear. Plenty of range in the knobs, from big cave to slapback echo. Mostly I go time ~1100 and short predelay to get a not too big reverb that doesn't muddy up too much when I add gain pedals. Highly recommended!

Jordan McLean 31st May 2017

Awesome Reverb

The Talisman does plate reverb very well. Read the reviews and forums, it's one of the best out there especially for its size. Sound quality and build is excellent. I needed a reverb that would sit back in the mix so that my guitar signal could clearly be heard and add space to my cleans, and this does that very well. most reverb pedals muddy up your tone, but the high pass feature on this pedal allows your guitar to cut through but with an ambient tail after each chord. It does the subtle reverb well and also ambient reverb well too.. I could go on and on about this pedal... couldn't stop playing when first plugged it in.. you have to try this pedal! Thanks to tone lounge for the service and fast delivery!

Additional Info

Additional Info

All Catalinbread pedals enjoy a 7 year warranty to the original owner upon registration. The only exceptions are for comsetic damage, abuse and/or unauthorized modification. We will repair or replace your unit in the rare event it malfunctions, for free. There may be a charge for actual return shipping cost.
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